Thursday, March 31, 2011

Knitter's Delight

I've been a knitter for years now, and have never tired of it! Well, except for that brief 9 months of pregnancy when hormones took over and things I had loved I didn't care for so much. But as soon as I gave birth and could pick up a pair of of needles again, I was right back on the knitty wagon.

Knitting has always felt so second nature to me from the moment I taught myself how. I attribute that feeling to having ancestors who knit. It's ingrained in my DNA!

Browsing through my Etsy favorites tonight, I've compiled a little collection of items that I, as a knitter, and lover of all things knitted, seriously covet...


This yarn bowl, by MaidofClay, seems like the most adorable solution to knitting with an unwieldy ball of yarn.


A scotch on the rocks would go soooo well with a night in and some not-too-complicated knitting. I'm game.


Everything about this knitted pouf ottoman amazes and draws me to it. If I had the cash, this sweet baby would so be mine!

If you knit, what would be your number one outlandish knitting accessory to own (or perhaps that you already own)?

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Some Cloth Diapering Resources


I have a few favorite online sources where I go to learn about the different types of cloth diapers, read and watch reviews, get tips on washing/caring for diapers, and of course, places to buy said diapers too. Here's a short list of my most frequented cloth diapering resources...

DiaperPin - A review site where CDing parents can rate the diapers they have used on their kid(s).

Dirty Diaper Laundry Blog - A wealth of video reviews on all kinds of cloth diapers (these videos and reviews really are essential to getting to know the diaper(s) you might potentially buy), plus cloth diaper giveaways, CD discussions, and so much more.

The Cloth Diaper Whisperer - Another great blog with lots of information on different types of cloth diapers, diaper care, and giveaways galore!

Zany Zebra - I found this page to be very helpful and thorough in explaining how to care for different types of cloth diapers in different ways.

Kelly's Closet - This is where I've done the majority of my cloth diapering and CD accessory shopping. I love it because they always have promotions going on (i.e. free one size diapers with a purchase of X amount, free shipping, etc). I also love that you can rack up points with all of your purchases and when you accrue enough points, use them for store credit. I've made many purchases from this website and have never been disappointed with the service or speed.

BTLdiapering Yahoo Group - This forum is awesome if you're looking for answers to your cloth diapering questions. I've always received great answers and support every time I posted a query.

Have any questions about cloth diapering? I'd love to share what I've learned with you, so feel free to ask in the comments section!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Toddler Eats: Banana & Blueberry Pancakes Recipe

So this recipe is not entirely my own, but was born out of the necessity to get my son to eat a healthy breakfast and use ingredients I had on hand. You can find the original recipe here if you're not crazy about the ingredients I used for ours (which makes these vegan pancakes)...

Yields about a dozen pancakes

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 tbsp raw can sugar (or any sugar you have on hand)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 ripe banana
1 1/4 cups of soy milk
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen will do)

Directions:

1. Mix together the whole wheat flour, baking powder, sugar and salt (note that the sugar may not be necessary because of the natural sweetness of the banana that will come into play later. It's your call).
2. In a mixing bowl, mash up the banana well with a fork (which is basically an egg substitute for your pancakes). Add to it the milk, and then the flour et al that you previously mixed together.
3. Mix just until well blended. Then add blueberries to the mix as well.
4. Start frying those pancakes and enjoy!

Have anything special you add to your pancakes to give them some extra flavor/nutrients? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!!!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thanks

It's the simple little things in life that make me happy, and thankful. Like my sweet bub. He's been around for only a year and a half now but it seems so much longer and I can't imagine things without him!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

A New Name


Hello good readers (if you're still around). I am attempting to revive this little old blog of mine. I figured it needs a fresh start, and a wider scope, which is why I've changed the name from "EcoCraftiness" to "A Knit Storm" (the name of my handmade business). I will still be posting to admire plenty of eco handmade goodies, but I also want this blog to be a place to discuss so much more (cooking, crafts in general, motherhood, family, cloth diapering, photography, etc). I hope you'll stick around to see what's to come!

Until then, I bid you adieu...